UT Tyler

UT Tyler New Patriot Orientation

Freshman Students

What is Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Orientation is an informative and fun two-day program that provides incoming students with excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends and learn what it takes to be successful at UT Tyler. Students learn about academic resources, how to navigate campus and what UT Tyler expects of our students.  At orientation, students will be assigned to a advising appointment in which you will attend on day 2 of orientation.  At this appointment you will be advised and register for classes.

When is Freshman New Patriot Orientation for summer 2017?

For freshman beginning classes during spring 2017 semester, New Patriot Orientation for students will be:
Jan. 13

Incoming freshmen beginning classes during the fall 2017 semester should attend one of the following orientation sessions.

Session 1: Thursday, June 8th – Friday, June 9th

Session 2: Thursday, June 15th – Friday, June 16th

Session 3: Thursday, June 22th – Friday, June 23th

Session 4: Thursday, July 6th – Friday, July 7th

Session 5: Thursday, July 13th – Friday, July 14th

Session 6: Friday, July 21th – Saturday, July 22nd


Registration for summer Freshman New Patriot Orientation will begin in February 2017. 


How do I register for Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Students and parents/family members may register online. Once your registration form has been submitted all confirmation emails will be sent to your Patriots email account. 

Where will I stay during Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Summer Sessions Only:

Students attending Freshman New Patriot Orientation will stay on campus in one of the residence halls, and will need to bring a pillow, towels, toiletries, a sleeping bag or twin sheets with a blanket, and a swim suit for the pool party.

A room will be assigned to each student upon checking in. Students wishing to room with a friend (who is also an incoming freshmen) should check in together the morning of their orientation session.

Parents/family members and other guests will need to make arrangements for their stay in Tyler. For a full listing of hotels in Tyler, please visit the Tyler Texas lodging webpage.

Please note: All guests 17 and under attending orientation with an incoming freshman must be accompanied by an adult.

How much does Freshman New Patriot Orientation cost?

The cost of Freshman New Patriot Orientation is assessed on your fall 2017 student bill. All incoming freshmen will be charged a one-time New Student Programs fee of $75. This fee covers orientation (materials, meals, and housing) and programming intended to support freshman students during your first year.

The non-refundable fee for parents/family members and guests attending Freshman New Patriot Orientation is $60 per adult and $30 for family members and guests 16 and under. To submit payment for parent/family members and guest fees, contact Student Business Services at 903.566.7227. Payment can be paid over the phone using a debit or credit card, or by mailing a check or money order to the following address.

New Student Programs
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799

What is the purpose of Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

New Patriot Orientation will:

  • Inform new students of campus policies and procedures.
  • Prepare students to make reasoned and well-informed choices.
  • Foster a sense of community by connecting incoming students to current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide academic and student engagement resources to support students' transition to UT Tyler.

What is the Freshman New Patriot Orientation schedule?

All registered students will receive an email the week prior to their orientation session. This email will include check-in times, campus map and information on where to go once you arrive on campus.

Spring Session:

A tentative student schedule can be viewed prior to New Patriot Student Orientation.

Summer Sessions:

A tentative student schedule can be viewed prior to Freshman New Patriot Orientation. 

What should I wear to New Patriot Orientation?

Be prepared to travel to different places around our beautiful campus. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for being outside at times. Suggested attire might be sneakers, shorts or loose pants, and a short-sleeved shirt. The buildings can be cold so we also suggest bringing a jacket.

Can parents and family members attend Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Yes! We encourage students to invite their parents/family members to attend New Patriot Orientation. The orientation schedule will feature presentations geared towards parents/family members.

Please make sure you register and pay for your parents/family members and guests.

A tentative parent/family member schedule can be viewed prior to New Patriot Orientation.

Do I need to attend the entirety of Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Beginning summer 2017 Freshman New Patriot Orientation is mandatory.  It is important to attend all of the services that are provided at the program. 

Will I register for my classes at Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Advising and registration will take place as part of the orientation schedule.

How do I change my Freshman New Patriot Orientation session?

Students can change their orientation session by e-mailing orientation@uttyler.edu (from their patriot account). Staff will review request and notify you when the change has been made. 

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